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Most items have been sourced from within the UK, often from old colonial-era collections.

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6797

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    Paduang or Kayan Lahwi (Long-Necked) Woman’s Brass Neck Rings & Anklets

    Paduang or Kayan Lahwi People, Shan States, Eastern Burma
    19th-early 20th century

    height (of the longest neck ring): 13.2cm, width (of the wiodest neck ring): 18.3cm, width (of the arm rings): approximately 9cm, combined weight: 4,437g

    Provenance

    Private collection, UK; collected during colonial times.

    4480

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      Chin Minority Large Brass Spools for a Necklace

      Chin People, Western Burma
      19th century

      circumference: approximately 67cm, lengths of the spools: approximately 12.3cm, 12.7cm, 13.1cm, 14.1cm and 14.6cm; width of the widest spool: 2.8cm, weight: 373g

      Provenance

      private collection, London.

      6799

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        Pair of Nigerian Cast & Engraved Bronze Bangles

        Lower Niger River, Nigeria
        early 20th century

        external diameter (widest): 9.9 to 10.1cm, internal diameter: 5.4 to 5.9cm, combined weight: 1,330g

        Provenance

        UK art market

        6779

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          Naga Blue Glass Bead & Brass Necklace

          Konyak Naga People, Burma/India
          circa 1900

          length of pendant: 14.5cm, width: 6.2cm, circumference: approximately 72cm

          Provenance

          private European collection

          6777

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            Naga Chank Shell Bead Necklace

            Naga People
            circa 1900

            length: 93.1cm, weight: 96g

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            Provenance

            private European collection

            6783

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              Pair of Naga Brass Bracelets

              Naga People, North-Eastern India
              19th century

              internal diameter: approximately 6.8cm, combined weight: 549g

              Provenance

              private European collection

              4115

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                Exceptional Collection of 18 Aztec Black-Clay, Tubular, Ear Plugs or Spools

                Aztec Civilisation, Capilco, Mexico
                14th-15th century

                diameter: 2.1cm (smallest), 3.1cm (biggest)

                Provenance

                UK art market, prior to that Madrid, Spain from before 1974

                4474

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                  Yoruba Cast Brass Opele Oracle Chain

                  Yoruba People, Nigeria
                  19th century

                  circumference: approx.: 96cm, weight: 178g

                  Provenance

                  UK art market

                  6247

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                    Naga Chank Shell Bead Necklace

                    Naga People, Eastern India/Western Burma
                    19th century

                    length: 60cm, weight: 216g

                    Provenance

                    private collection, London

                    4225

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                      Congo Cast-Brass Hairpins

                      Congo, probably Kuba people.
                      19th-20th century

                      21cm & 16.8cm

                      Provenance

                      Private collection, London.

                      6249

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                        Naga Warrior’s Brass Neck Torque

                        Naga People, Eastern India/Western Burma
                        18th-19th century

                        width: 16.5cm, weight: 135g

                        Provenance

                        private collection, London.

                        5722

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                          Zulu Wooden Ear Plugs with Bakelite Tile Decoration

                          Zulu People, South Africa
                          circa 1940

                          diameter (each): 6.5cm, combined weight: 61g

                          Provenance

                          private collection, UK.

                          5937

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                            Pair of Dayak Solid Brass Pendant Ear Ornaments

                            Kenyah/Kayan Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
                            early 20th century

                            lengths: 7.3cm, combined weights: 396g

                            Provenance

                            private collection, UK

                            5749

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                              Pair of Dayak Brass Humanoid Ear Pendants

                              Kenyah/Kayan Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
                              early 20th century

                              lengths: 9cm, combined weight: 108g

                              Provenance

                              UK art market

                              5724

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                                Zulu Wooden Ear Plugs with Bakelite Tile Decoration

                                Zulu People, South Africa
                                circa 1940

                                diameters: 5.5cm, thickness: 0.8cm

                                Provenance

                                private collection, UK

                                5653

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                                  Necklace of Manabi Terracotta Spindle Whorls

                                  Pre-Colombian Manabi Culture, Ecuador
                                  500BC-500AD

                                  length: 68cm, weight: 104g

                                  Provenance

                                  Acquired in the UK, from the estate collection of Dr George Yuille Caldwell (1924-2016). Dr Caldwell, an English-born physician moved to Singapore in the 1950s, from where he built up a superb collection of ethnographica.

                                  5742

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                                    Pair of Gurunsi Bronze Bracelets

                                    Gurunsi (Grunshi) People, northern Ghana & southern Burkina Faso
                                    18th-19th century

                                    width: 9.5cm, height: 9.3cm, combined weight: 684g

                                    Provenance

                                    UK art market

                                    5973

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                                      Maori Curved Nephrite Ear Ornament (Kapeu)

                                      Maori People, New Zealand
                                      early 20th century

                                      length: 15.2cm, weight: 38.19g

                                      Provenance

                                      UK art market

                                      4624

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                                        Cast Brass Senufo Ring

                                        Senufo People, Ivory Coast
                                        19th or early 20th century

                                        weight: 19.6g, ring size: 10.75 (US), V/V (UK)

                                        Provenance

                                        UK art market

                                        4196

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                                          Three Solid Copper Mossi African Hairpins

                                          Mossi People, Burkina Faso
                                          19th century

                                          7.5-9cm

                                          Provenance

                                          Private collection, London.

                                          5940

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                                            Exceptional Pair of Igbo Man’s Cast Brass Wrist Guards or Cuff Bracelets

                                            Igbo People, South-central and South-eastern Nigeria
                                            probably 19th century

                                            heights: 17cm, diameters: 10.7cm, combined weights: 1,150g

                                            Provenance

                                            UK art market

                                            5449

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                                              Multiple-Strand Red Glass Bead Naga Necklace

                                              Naga People, India/Burma
                                              circa 1900

                                              total length (circumference as worn): 75cm

                                              Provenance

                                              UK art market; most likely, the necklace has been in the UK since the colonial era.

                                              4864

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                                                Bontoc Clam Shell Bead & Glass Bead Necklace

                                                Bontoc People, Northern Luzon, Philippines
                                                19th-20th century

                                                weight: 169g

                                                Provenance

                                                private collection, UK.

                                                4860

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                                                  Yellow Venetian Glass & Brass Bead Necklace

                                                  Andhra Pradesh, India
                                                  19th century

                                                  length: 84cm, weight: 280g

                                                  Provenance

                                                  UK private collection

                                                  3507

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                                                    Cast Copper Bwa Do Cult Anklet

                                                    Bwa people, Burkino Faso
                                                    19th century

                                                    length: 20cm. width: 9.7cm, height with stand: 8cm

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                                                    Provenance

                                                    UK art market

                                                    4259

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                                                      Naga Bead & Bone Necklace or Girdle

                                                      Naga People, India/Burma
                                                      19th century

                                                      length (approx): 67cm, width: 15.5cm, weight: 517g

                                                      Provenance

                                                      private collection, London.

                                                      4046

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                                                        Rare Cast Brass Necklace

                                                        Vere People, North-Eastern Nigeria & Cameroon
                                                        19th century

                                                        length: 69cm, weight: 1,303g

                                                        Provenance

                                                        UK art market

                                                        4047

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                                                          Woman’s Brass & Beaded Headdress & Ear Ornament Set

                                                          Kikuyu People, Kenya
                                                          early 20th century

                                                          diameter of each spiral : 8.8cm; length of headdress: 38cm, total weight: 325g

                                                          Provenance

                                                          UK art market

                                                          3987

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                                                            Silver Double Axe Pendant (Taka)

                                                            Central Flores, Eastern Indonesia
                                                            18th-19th century

                                                            height: 6.2cm, width: 7.3cm, weight: 15.4g

                                                            Provenance

                                                            Dutch antique market; private Dutch collection; acquired previously in the Netherlands

                                                            4399

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                                                              Carved Shell, Glass & Wood Bead & Fossilised Palmwood (Pumtek) Necklace

                                                              Mizo People, Eastern India, or Naga People, Burma/India
                                                              circa 1900

                                                              length: 80cm, weight: 100g

                                                              Provenance

                                                              private collection, London.

                                                              4261

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                                                                Cast Brass Male Fertility Ring

                                                                Muria People, Bastar, Madhya Pradesh, India
                                                                18th-19th century

                                                                overall approximate widest diameter: 5cm, weight: 52g

                                                                Provenance

                                                                private London collection

                                                                4265

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                                                                  Cast Brass Male Fertility Ring

                                                                  Muria People, Bastar, Madhya Pradesh, India
                                                                  18th-19th century

                                                                  overall approximate widest diameter: 6cm, weight: 46g

                                                                  Provenance

                                                                  private London collection

                                                                  1984

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                                                                    Pair of New Guinea Cone-Shell Ear Ornaments

                                                                    New Guinea
                                                                    collected in 1859

                                                                    maximum diameter of each: 7cm

                                                                    Provenance

                                                                    UK art market; private collection, UK.

                                                                    2850

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                                                                      Cast Brass Pendant & Brass Bead Necklace

                                                                      Asante/Ashanti, Ghana, West Africa
                                                                      early 20th century

                                                                      length of pendant: 12.5cm, length of chain: 66cm, weight: 193g

                                                                      Provenance

                                                                      UK art market

                                                                      3091

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                                                                        Rare Pair of Ijebu-Yoruba Bronze Ceremonial Anklets

                                                                        Nigeria
                                                                        18th century

                                                                        diameter: 19cm

                                                                        Provenance

                                                                        private collection, Isle of Wight, UK.

                                                                        4222

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                                                                          Cast Bronze Hairpin of a Horse & Rider

                                                                          Dogon People, Mali
                                                                          19th century

                                                                          length: 19.5cm

                                                                          Provenance

                                                                          UK art market

                                                                          4279

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                                                                            Chief’s Bronze ‘Tiered’ Anklet with Bells

                                                                            Gio or Dan & Wee People, Liberia & Cote d’Ivoire
                                                                            19th century

                                                                            outside diameter: 11.5cm, inside diameter: 7.5cm x 8.5cm, height: 4.3cm, weight: 517g

                                                                            Provenance

                                                                            UK art market

                                                                            3933

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                                                                              Dayak Man’s Ear Ornament (Sabau) of Carved Hornbill Casque (Beak)

                                                                              Kenyah/Kayan Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
                                                                              19th-early 20th century

                                                                              height: 4.6cm, length: 10cm, width: 4.2cm, weight: 26.36g

                                                                              Provenance

                                                                              Acquired in the UK, from the estate collection of Dr George Yuille Caldwell (1924-2016). Dr Caldwell, an English-born physician moved to Singapore in the 1950s, from where he built up a collection of mostly Borneo-related textiles and other ethnographica.